If you can never remember what the traditional birthstones are, we’ve got you covered. Sometimes, there are a couple of different options… don’t be confused! That just gives you more choice.

Don’t forget that it’s also important to match skin tone with the gems. If you have warm toned skin and were born in November (citrine), that’s perfect, but don’t feel beholden to wear pearls if you have warm-toned skin and were born in June!

January – Garnet

February – Amethyst

March – Aquamarine, Bloodstone

April – Diamond

May – Emerald

June – Pearl or Moonstone

July – Ruby, Carnelian or (Hindu) Sapphire

August – Peridot, Sardonyx or (Hindu) Ruby

September – Sapphire

October – Opal, Tourmaline or (Hindu) Coral

November – Topaz, Citrine or (Hindu) Cat’s-Eye

December – Tanzanite, Turquoise or (Hindu) Topaz

Birthstones appear in lots of different traditions and with a lot of different meanings, so you can probably find a tradition in which your favorite stone is actually your birth stone… for example, when we were doing research for this, we found out that there are even birthstones for the days of the week!

Monday – Pearl or Crystal

Tuesday – Ruby or Emerald

Wednesday – Amethyst or Lodestone

Thursday – Sapphire or Carnelian

Friday – Emerald or Cat’s Eye

Saturday – Turquoise or Diamond

Sunday – Topaz or Diamond

If you find a good tradition about birthstones, it might also give you a good story to tell about your jewelry or the gift you chose for your partner/family member!